Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert
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Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, 45, was forced into stepping down as spokesperson for Doula UK for saying that only women birth children. A Doula is a trained non-medical companion to guide and help a woman as they give birth
A birth coach has been 'ostracised' by her professional organisation after transgender activists branded as offensive a Facebook post in which she said that only women can have babies.


Comment: What a world we live in that she was compelled to point that out.


Lynsey McCarthy-Calvert, 45, was forced to stand down as spokesperson for Doula UK and has since resigned altogether from the national organisation for birth coaches. Her exit comes after transgender rights activists triggered an investigation in which Doula UK concluded her message breached its equality and diversity guidelines.


Comment: These types are completely unhinged.


They did not expel the mother of-four, who has been a doula - who provide continuous support during pregnancy - for six years, but threatened to suspend her unless she deleted the post.

Mrs McCarthy-Calvert did so, but resigned believing Doula UK had 'acquiesced' to demands from a small number of activists and failed to stand up for women's rights.

'I am angry and sad,' she said last night. 'I was effectively ostracised for saying I am a woman and so are my clients.

'I have been very disappointed by Doula UK's response. The leadership are paralysed by not wanting to upset transgender rights activists. They have fallen over themselves to acquiesce to their demands.' The controversy comes after a series of recent victories for transgender activists.

Flora margarine stopped advertising on Mumsnet after the website was accused of being transphobic for hosting a wide range of views on transgender issues. And the makers of Always sanitary towels removed the female 'Venus' symbol from packaging after complaints from trans men.


Comment: WHY?? When would they ever USE sanitary towels??


The Doula UK row started after Cancer Research UK dropped the word 'women' from its smear test campaign, instead saying screening was 'relevant for everyone aged 25-64 with a cervix'.

Days later, around 20 trans activists wrote a letter of complaint claiming Mrs McCarthy-Calvert had 'clearly' breached Doula UK policies stating that members 'shouldn't post anything that our colleagues, clients and affiliates would find offensive'.


Comment: Oh yeah, clear breach. You hear that, everyone? ANYTHING that might EVER offend ANYONE can get you sacked.


They alleged that the post contained several 'trans exclusionary comments' including the description of a woman as an 'adult human female'.


Comment: Shocking! The horror! She's a witch! BURN HER AT THE STAKE!


Doula UK immediately withdrew Mrs McCarthy-Calvert as spokesperson and, after a four-month investigation, its board of directors concluded in March the post 'does breach Doula UK's guidelines'.

Last night, Doula UK denied it had 'acquiesced' to activists or that Mrs McCarthy-Calvert had been 'in some way driven out of the organisation'.

A spokesperson added: 'We are proud to say that we seek to listen to the lived experience of marginalised groups and make changes - including changes to the language we use - if we believe it is necessary to make the Doula UK community more welcoming and supportive.'